[Firefox] Make your bookmarks more visual with Viewmarks

I’m a fan of Opera’s Speed Dial. Until today, I hadn’t found similar functionality for Firefox — then I found Viewmarks.

In simple terms, Viewmarks adds Speed Dial-like functionality to Firefox. Viewmarks puts a little “Open book with bookmark” icon in the upper left of your browser, just past the search bar. This icon has an arrow next to it for a dropdown menu. Now this seems pretty normal for the Speed Dial kinds of add ons, but Viewmarks offers a but more customization than others I’ve used.

When you click the dropdown menu, you’re given several options: Open Viewmarks, Add to Viewmarks, as well as options, and an About Us. Using the options, you can customize your Viewmarks appearance, colors and shadows, set up the size of the QR codes it can generate, and tell it whether or not to automatically generate a Viewmark for every new bookmark you add. In addition, a little star is placed in your address bar. This is the “quick access” Viewmark maker. Clicking it will add the current site to your Viewmarks with whatever the default settings you’ve set up are.

Unlike other Speed-Dial-esque add-ons, Viewmarks doesn’t replace your default New Tab interface. Instead, the option to look at your Viewmarks must be selected from the dropdown next to the bar icon. Once there, you can reorganize them however you wish, delete them, even add a new one, just like other add-ons of it’s type.

All in all, Viewmarks is a fairly standard Speed Dial look-alike, with a bit of a Firefox flare. A worthwhile addition to the browser, though people who are used to Speed Dial in Chrome or Opera will have a bit of a learning curve.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.0.2

Requires: Firefox

Viewmarks at Firefox Add-ons

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  • Eric

    I fiddled around a long time with this kind of addon until I found http://www.symbaloo.com/
    You can set that as your homepage or whatever. It is very very customizable. I have mine set to show 52 bookmarks on one page but you can add more and can have multiple pages. It can also import almost any image or logo to display for each website so no more of those silly screenshots.
    Maybe best of all it works in all browsers and you can log in and access it on multiple computers. It loads almost instantly, even on dialup, as it is stored in the cache. All you need to do is provide an email and make up a password and you are ready to go.
    This is one of the greatest browser related finds I have ever made. I don’t know how I made it before finding this.

  • Hal


    Your welcome, that how we learn sharing with others

  • @Hal: That’s also a really nice one. I anticipate more Firefox Speed Dial alikes soon on my review list. :P

  • Hal

    here another I have used for last 3 years I like. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/fast-dial-5721/?src=search

    I use the default setting, not all the other….mess….. :-)

    but will have to take a look at these others Thanks

  • @chump2010: Thanks a lot for that suggestion! I’ll check it out and maybe even review it in the future. :)

  • chump2010

    “I’m a fan of Opera’s Speed Dial. Until today, I hadn’t found similar functionality for Firefox — then I found Viewmarks.”

    There are many speed dial extensions for Firefox. The one I use is:


    Works fine – with lots of options to change around to make it work as you want it to. eg in a new tab or just new windows. How many columns and rows etc etc.

  • Jeanjean

    OK… misunderstanding. Sorry !

  • @Ashraf: Yes, that’s exactly what I meant, Ashraf. Thank you.

  • Ashraf

    @Jeanjean: I think Kathryn’s point was that once you have Viewmaker installed, that star adds bookmarks to Viewmaker as opposed to default Firefox bookmarks.

  • The little star placed in your address bar for “Quick access” exists already in Firefox.